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Death in Copper Town

A Small Town Police Procedural Set in the American Southwest - The Pegasus Quincy Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Amy Otteson
Length: 8 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Pegasus Quincy, a rookie deputy on temporary assignment in a sleepy mountain town, expects a quiet summer citing jaywalkers and writing traffic tickets. Fate intervenes when a dead body turns up in an old copper mining pit.

The man is a three-time loser disowned by even his own mother. Peg’s sheriff boss declares the death an accident and tells her to “move on”. She wants to agree, but then her office is ransacked and her assistant kidnapped.

When Peg herself is assaulted, she convinces her safe-cracking grandfather to break the law one last time to help her. Will they find the killer before he strikes again?

Set against the Southwest backdrop of summer monsoons in the high desert plateau of Arizona, this fast-paced mystery, at times humorous and romantic, tells the story of a young woman at odds with herself. 

Peg must ultimately decide which comes first: her family, her job, or her life.

Book 1 of the Pegasus Quincy Mystery Series.

©2017 Lakota Lynn Grace (P)2019 Lakota Lynn Grace

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Emotional and gripping.

First I have to start off by saying that this book was given to me free of charge for a review of the audiobook, but as always, this does not change my opinion and will not determine how I review the book or the rating that I give it.

Let me start off with saying that I will follow Peg (the main character) to the end. I hope there will be more and a series follows because I am addicted already.

Great writing by Lakota the author. They do a great job of building the characters and we as readers form relationships with them. Amy the narrator did a great job of performing the author's vision.

Great read. I highly recommend.

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Death in Copper Town

A rookie cop, given a temporary summer assignment in a small town... it should be a simple assignment. A suspicious death and small town politics makes it anything but simple. Things get personal, and Peg needs to figure things out before they become deadly again.

Lakota Grace is off to a great start with this series. I’ve quickly become invested in the characters, and I can’t wait to see what the next case will be.

I enjoyed Amy Otteson’s narration. Her performance was exactly how I imagined Peg would sound.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jan M
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  • 07-22-19

Suspects Aren't Just Strangers

Death in Copper Town by Lakota Grace appealed to me with its Arizona setting. I was immediately pulled into the story featuring the rookie Peg. Amy Otteson did a good performance and brought many of the characters to life with her distinguishable voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review, I would listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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An exciting mystery

This is an exciting mystery and Peg is a great character, brought to life through the outstanding narration by Amy Otteson. The main disconcerting aspect to this story is the several instances where knowledge is presumed that has not been conveyed.

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Pegasus Quincy Mystery

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. I liked how the author mixed a murder mystery with humour.
I would highly recommend this book.

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4/5 Stars: Relatively Clean Modern Mystery

Narrated by Amy Otteson
Summary: You may not want to read the blurb. It kind of spells out the story. Peg Quincy’s a newbie at the law enforcement thing on temporary assignment in a small Arizona town. Soon into her assignment, a body shows up in her jurisdiction. She follows the mystery wherever it leads, but in a small town where everybody knows everybody, that means suspects aren’t strangers.

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- Main Character 4/5: Peg’s the sort of rookie you can root for. She’s not perfect, but she is determined to follow the leads to the end. She’s not exactly a gunslinger, but she’s also not afraid to defend herself and/or innocent people.
- Side Characters 4/5: Every good mystery series has to have a cast of quirky weirdos and loveable side kicks to help the hero/heroine. From her Grandfather to the housekeeper, Peg’s got her hands full dealing with the locals.
- Plot 3.5/5: As most of these small town, one cop type mysteries go, this one falls a tad more toward the cozy rather than thriller side.
- Narration 3/5: It’s okay. Amy Otteson handles Peg’s voice decently, but she doesn’t have much variation when it comes to males. I think there were a few minor editing issues too. I’ve come across books with much worse edits, but a few things jumped out.
- Content warnings: casual cursing; one adult scene (it was tastefully handled, but kind of random)
- First person narration.
- Reminiscent of the Joanna Brady series by J.A. Jance. Kinda hits that same mark – small town sheriff in Arizona.

Conclusion: Relatively clean modern mystery. Characters you can cheer for.
*I received a free copy and chose to post a review. All opinions are my own.

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A rookie deputy faces murder

In Death in Copper Town by Lakota Grace, Pegasus Quincy has taken her first job as a deputy in Mingus, AZ, where her long- estranged grandfather, H.T. Tewksbury, lives. Soon after taking office upon the death of the previous deputy, Peg gets a call from the fire department that while fighting a fire, they discovered the body of an unknown man who seems to have fallen off a cliff. The sheriff wants her to close the case right away, but Peg senses there is something wrong about the death and insists on investigating further. As she looks into the murder of Druce Kevern, Peg finds a wide range of crimes going on amid this murder, but which is related to the murder and which separate on its own?

Death in Copper Town was an interesting book with a vivid setting in the rural areas of Arizona, which we soon come to envision and see as a separate character in the book. The setting acts as a catalyst for many actions in the book. The plot starts slowly before it picks up speed at the end. I would have preferred to find more consistency in the timing of the actions in the book. The characters for the most part have individual natures, but some run together a bit. The audio performance helps a lot in keeping the characters straight.

The audio edition of this book is performed by Amy Otteson, who does a decent job with the book. She has created very distinct and recognizable voices for each character, but in trying to find a wide range of voices, Otteson has settled on rather annoying voices for a couple of the male characters. However, this wasn’t too annoying an issue. Otteson does a good job of making the listener believe that she is indeed a rookie deputy exploring her job for the first time, determined to prove herself to the world. Otterson further helps to give this book the feel of the Arizona setting.

Overall, I felt that Death in Copper Town was an interesting book with promise, but I would like a lot more evenness in the pacing of the plot and more distinction of the characters. I especially liked the Arizona setting of the book. I give this book four stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free for review purposes, but that had no influence on the content of my review.

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from rookie to professional

Peg is a very interesting character that keeps a part of your heart with it.
I loved this book so much.... the story was complex good and solid.... the narrator was great I don't have a single wrong word to say about it...... the book is fantastic.
the story is great
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Well-written!

Held my attention throughout. Enjoyed the background of AZ as I am familiar with the area and could picture what the author was describing.

Amy Otteson did a great job narrating.

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Good book

***I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a pretty good book. Great mystery. And the frequent bursts of humor were great. Highly entertaining characters. i will most likely listen to a next in the series. i truly enjoyed it.

The narrator did great with dialog. She transitioned from character to character flawlessly. But was a bit annoying with the non dialog reading. That's exactly what she sounded like she was doing, reading. The dialog she acted out, which was highly entertaining but the rest sounded stiff and "read".
I'll be looking for part 2 in the future.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-21-19

And welcome to Mingus

I found this book to be a bit of an anomaly: white I enjoyed the conversation and interactions between the characters, I found I had almost no interest in the solving of the case of death that was the ongoing story line for the book. The characters are well drawn, all of them pretty unlikable, and my mind kept speculating about the actual age of the rookie deputy and how is it possible for a kid just out of police training to get a job running the policing of a town, albeit a small one, without any sort of back-u, especially a girl who didn't know the people of the town's ways.
The other part of the mystery was more of a continuation: how old was the narrator aiming for as she read the book to us? Don t get me wrong: the narrator, Amy Otteson was excellent, her reading fluent and with feeling, her voicing s for each of the various protagonists individual and occasionally excentric. She was good, very good, but the impression.was of a woman in her forties, not a young girl in her first ever job.

So I am at a loss as to how to score thisv. As previously mentioned, the narration was a good performance and, isolated, deserves a 5. Elements of the story are also very funny, as, for example, a birthday party held for the grandfather, and the visual representation of the place and characterisation of the protagonists - I might not like them but they are well done - also worthy of at least a 4. But the overall story? No, didn't work for me: the book had.to keep judging me back to the murder mystery at it's heart. So, what to score?
I guess it had better be a four

My thanks to the rights holder who,at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of Death in Copper Town, via Audiobook Boom. A strange book: the characters were very real, yet the story too hard to believe. The narration good, but the (first ) person for whom the narration was being spoken, was the wrong person. Oh, I don't know. Listen to it yourself and see what you think.